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What is the barrel twist of your rifle?

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It's a 1 in 9.5 inch twist. I have had a couple of the 175 gr. Hornady Spire points tumble after they hit deer but they shoot 3 into an inch every time. I probably only get 2400 fps with them from my 19 inch barrel.

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Originally Posted by GCF
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The Solid base soft points are a much tougher bullet than the Ballistic Tips, nearly as deep penetrating as Partitions. This is probably why Nosler only produces limited runs of Solid base bullets. The recent runs of the Solid Base bullets in .277 and .243 were both excellent bullets. Not to say I don't like BT's as I do but they work differently.


Are you saying that the solid base is still in production on a limited run basis?
Inquiring minds need to know... ;=]


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Dead thread revival alert ...... smile

Anyone use the older 100gr Solid Base 25cal in a 257Roberts?

Any thoughts? I'm running out of the old standby Hornady 100gr SP.

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Not a Roberts, but I once had a little Ruger 77 in 250 Savage that shot the 100SB pretty well over both Varget and H4895.

The 120SB was and still is my old man's favorite 25-06 bullet. When he found out they were being discontinued he stockpiled the everliving crap out of them, and still has several thousand now.

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I came into some 100 gr SBs and I am trying them out in my 257 Bob Hawkeye. If shoot well
may try to shoot a deer with them this fall.
I have Old Solid Base bullets for my 257, 270, 284, 7x57 and 308. They have always worked great for me.


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Originally Posted by plainsman456
I used the sb when I first started reloading for my 270win.They worked real good on deer.When I tried the bts when they first came out they would make a much larger hole with more bloodshot meat in deer.
It seems that they made them tougher now.

In my experience this was it in a nutshell. Still shoot and buy sb bullets when I find them and walk in a wide circle around 1 st generation ballistic tips( black box with red,green,and white lable)..
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The old 45gr SB is a pretty good coyote bullet out of a Hornet or Bee, too. I used those in my first Bee until I ran out.

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I’ve used the 140 solid base, partition, and ballistic tip 140’s in a bunch of 7 mags. They all killed deer and pigs well, all accurate, but ballistic tip the most accurate.

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Originally Posted by GF1
They are constructed the same. That said, Nosler and all companies frequently change the construction of bullets, such as jacket thickness, etc.without telling anyone. I've found these fly and perform exactly like the BTs. Advantages of the BTs are no point deformations, potential ballistic advantages due to the more streamlined shape. I do know that the .284 120 grain Ballistic Tips of fairly recent manufacture have rather thick jackets, more so that earlier ones.

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Originally Posted by SuperCub
Dead thread revival alert ...... smile

Anyone use the older 100gr Solid Base 25cal in a 257Roberts?

Any thoughts? I'm running out of the old standby Hornady 100gr SP.

Yes. A 700 Classic in the Roberts I once owned shot these (& many other 100 gr. bullets) very well with 42 gr of IMR4064 @ c.3050fps. This was over book max at the time (late 80s) due to the anemic SAAMI spec for the Roberts, in deference to the many older pre-standard rifles in existence, but were problem free in my rifle.

Just checked & Nosler #9 shows the same 4064 data as #2, so apparently the Roberts is still being loaded down? Start low & work upward.


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I use the Noslers in .243 and have since I bought my first one. I always shot the flat base bullet and bought a bunch when I found out they were being discontinued. Will have to do different when I run out but I still have 200 or so loaded so it will be a while. I dont shoot long distance so the Boat tails are no advantage to me.


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The solid bases were boat tails.


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My first big annoyance with Nosler was when they discontinued the solid base bullets, the .224 60 grain bullet to be exact. One heck of an all around bullet out of various 223's.

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I'm still mad at Nosler. In the 80's I was using the Solid Bases in 257R, 25/06. 264WM, and 270. When the BTips were introduced, I wrote a letter to Nosler. Got a letter back saying "we have no plans to discontinue the Solid Base line...bla, bla."

They were great bullets...

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Originally Posted by 358WCF
Originally Posted by SuperCub
Dead thread revival alert ...... smile

Anyone use the older 100gr Solid Base 25cal in a 257Roberts?

Any thoughts? I'm running out of the old standby Hornady 100gr SP.

Yes. A 700 Classic in the Roberts I once owned shot these (& many other 100 gr. bullets) very well with 42 gr of IMR4064 @ c.3050fps. This was over book max at the time (late 80s) due to the anemic SAAMI spec for the Roberts, in deference to the many older pre-standard rifles in existence, but were problem free in my rifle.

Just checked & Nosler #9 shows the same 4064 data as #2, so apparently the Roberts is still being loaded down? Start low & work upward.

I am hoping that WW760 will work with these bullets. I have a good deal of that and no rifles so far that like it. It absolutely will NOT shoot in my 7x57 which is what I bought it for.

I need to be finding another load shortly for my 257 and came across 3 boxes (x100) of these solid base bullets. Another fellow has reported that they are a bit hard and need 3000fps for proper expansion. This would be easy in the 257.

The Nosler BTs are unobtainium here in Canada, so will give these a try instead.

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I know it's apples to watermelons but Nosler Solid Bases were all I used in my '06 back in the 1980's and '90's, 180 grains to be specific. Killed everything from coyotes to elk with nary a problem. I would not be concerned with the performance of them.


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